Bethel, MN is a little neighborhood about 35 miles north of Minneapolis on Minnesota Route 65. Learn more here.

Cedar Creek Natural History Area

Being in Bethel puts you right next to the Cedar Creek Natural History Area.  This natural history area of 5, 550 acres contains several unique areas that you won’t want to miss.

The first is the Cedar Creek Natural History Area Allison Savanna.  The Allison Savanna is an area that has been relatively undisturbed for hundreds of years.  If you are scientifically minded, you will want to see where three ecosystems meet:  tall grass prairie, and eastern regular forest and evergreen forest.  This incredible area actually supports 61 species of mammals and 183 species of birds!  If you are a bird watcher, you will never be able to tear yourself away from here.

The area has also been declared a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.  This means it is an outstanding example of our country’s natural history.   Cedar Creek Natural History Area has also been designated a Long-Term Ecological Research site.  

Interesting historical fact – the research site at Cedar Creek tested the first radio collars for animal tracking.  Also, at the Allison Savanna the researchers first developed prescribed burning techniques for savannas. Learn more about St. Francis, MN:  Fish and History .

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